NCC filed comments Monday regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to allow E15 to be blended in the summer months.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in March proposed regulatory changes to allow E15 to take advantage of the 1-psi Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) waiver for the summer months that has historically been applied only to E10.

“As corn users, our industry faces potential impact by changes in biofuels policy such as modifying the volatility requirements for E15 fuel blends during the summer season,” said NCC President Mike Brown in new comments filed today.

In previous comments submitted regarding the proposed 2019 required volume obligations, the National Chicken Council (NCC) expressed concern that such an action, as anticipated at the time, holds the significant potential for adverse impacts on the chicken industry.

“NCC believes that EPA’s E15 waiver proposal has neglected to consider the impact on the broiler industry, and for poultry and livestock feeders generally,” Brown continued in today’s comments.  “Providing a waiver to year-round E15 use will result in a rapid expansion of corn use under the RFS similar to the early years of the program adding the potential for price and supply volatility in the corn market.”

The comments can be found here.